Can I get your opinions on Fisher & Paykel refrigerators?

lolittakatSeptember 21, 2012

My husband and I are appliance shopping, we never agree on anything but this Fisher & Paykel fridge left us speechless! It's so good looking, seems to be very well built and we couldn't even find anything remotely close to it in it's price range.

We are interested in model RF175WDUX1, we currently own GE profile side by side, an older fridge that came with the house, and we absolutely hate it! the freezer opens against the wall so we can only open it 90% we can't put anything large in the freezer and we can't access our ice, as it would require opening the door more. The water/ice dispenser is chunky and never works and the inside shelves are cracking. The fridge looks bulky and sticks out past the door frame into the pantry.

this fridge however is almost the same width but it is counter depth, very clean looking, modern, one door, with a very sleek looking water dispenser that does not dominate the fridge. Space inside seems very usable, and if this one door only opens 90% against the wall, it doesn't seem as that would be an issue as we would still have access to our entire fridge. I'm not sure if we want the door to open against the wall or against the counter top, maybe someone can advise me on that?

Anyways this refrigerator seems to answer all of our needs except, i can't find many reviews on it, or other fisher and paykel fridges for this matter, and what i do find is questionable.Does anyone have experience with these refrigerators, what can you say about them?

thank you!

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I'm hoping someone can answer with some experience because I have been looking at this one too. I have researched a lot about F&P ranges and am sold on those based on quality and features based on value. The few reviews I've seen on sites like AJ Madison have been very good.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 4:59PM
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F&P is a New Zealand company, which is where I hail from. My family has had a few of their bottom mount fridges over the years and they've lasted a long time. The last one was one my mom bought back in 2002. I think it's still running like new. It replaced one she bought ~1986 that eventually lost its frost-free ability and had to be manually defrosted. Still kept stuff cold though. I don't know if these US market fridges are different to the NZ ones, but as a company they know how to make fridges.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 11:33PM
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A colleague of mine has owned a F&P fridge for many years, at least ten. In fact, we were just discussing fridges as I am in the market for a smaller sized fridge, which they do build. She likes theirs and did not indicate anything had ever gone wrong with it. That's the only direct knowledge I have. It was enough for me to keep them in the hunt.

    Bookmark   October 16, 2012 at 1:19PM
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I am NOT saying that this is a bad thing, but F&P has been in increasing financial difficulty over the last few years. Chinese appliance giant Haier, who had a 20% stake in F&P since the 2009 downturn, just won majority control of F&P with the next four largest shareholders agreeing to sell their stake to Haier. This gives Haier 51.6% of F&P.

It remains to be seen what effect this will have long-term on F&P's manufacturing and quality control. Haier is making no promises about possible staff layoffs or other changes.

Here is a link that might be useful: SF Chronicle: F&P bought by Haier - Oct 18, 2012 article

    Bookmark   October 19, 2012 at 6:00PM
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big thanks to everyone who gave an input! I would hate to buy a chinese made fridge, so i better hurry up and buy it before Hailer takes over. I've done so much research so far and nothing comes even close to F&P as far as the design and function in the same price range.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2012 at 6:48PM
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I have an Haier chest freezer from costco that works is at least 1-1/2 years old. Not sure that is the same thing, to extrapolate a refrigerator function, but thought I would put it out there.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 11:54AM
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I was unlucky enough to buy one RF195ADUX and regret it every day since.
My suggestion is to keep away from this brand even if they give it to you free.
Its VERY noisy,
They say it has cool water outlet (but cool water tank is only 750cl, less than 3 glasses !?! and with a very slow flow)
Ice cube producing is also a joke.
Gaskets came off the first year.
Finally the most important is that freezer is unable to go bellow -12C which poses a health risk with the food stored.
They came twice for servicing and concluded that this is how this fridge is.
STAY AWAY unless its nice looks is more important for you

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 11:42AM
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